What You Should Do

By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2004-02-06 Print this article Print

Think your network is hard to manage? Try remote diagnosis and repair when you're relying on radio signals from Mars.

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What You Should Do To Run A Space Network
  • Automate processes.
    Encode many operations in a remote device, so it can solve its own problems.
  • Bulletproof your gear.
    Refine systems under your direct control, like Deep Space Network antennas, to make sure they aren't the cause of an outage.
  • Be persistent.
    Analyze any shred of communication. Build theories. Exploit small wins.
  • Simulate potential problems.
    Test theories on duplicate devices, under your control, even if conditions aren't alike.

David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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